Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2015 IWSG

Welcome to the monthly gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! We're a group of writers so that means we're neurotic, needy, moody, and prone to fits of rage, sobbing, and general malaise. Basically, we need to gather and hear from someone, anyone, that it's all OK and what we're doing does make a difference. The IWSG is about encouraging each other, letting our insecurities and fears out into the open so that they don't take control of us and cause us to cower from our gifts, our stories. Click HERE to read more (much more!) from all the talented members of this diverse group!



THAT was an unexpected but much needed hiatus. How ARE you? How was summer? I hope it treated you well.

My name's Jen and I used to blog at The Cup and Page. I also used to blog here, many, many moons ago.

I almost didn't come back for fear of rejection. For fear of past followers unfollowing and friends from The Cup and Page thinking "Uh-oh, here we go again!" And you know what? That's OK. Rejection is a part of life, especially the writer's life. We work hard, long, lonely hours, hoping our words will strike someones heart strings, someones soul shadow. There's no promise, no guarantee those words will ever reach beyond our crit partners.

Still, we write.

We write for hope because we know - KNOW! - our words are important. They are important to us and must be let out. We breathe story and with it the prayer words touch and resonate with a kindred somewhere.

That's why we blog.

We blog to reach out. It's a fumbling in the dark, linking arm in arm with others along the journey. We write differently, think differently but we're all headed towards that same pin-prick of light.

Fear not those who won't understand. Keep moving, keep saying "YES" to the steps that will move you forward to your North Star.

Readers come and go.

So do followers.

But keep your own quiet knowing, that silent confidence in every new story. Even if it takes a dozen drafts (or a dozen blog or job or genre changes) to do it.

I've missed you IWSG.
It's good to be home.


  1. Hi Southern Girl,
    Welcome back!
    I haven't been with the IWSG for a long time, but I am a southern girl ExPat living on the European Continent and I love the IWSG.
    I like the way you expressed yourself about writing. Writing is so entwined in my being that I would be lost without it. I cannot ignore the call and I don't want to. I must write.


    1. Thank you so much Patricia! It's good to be back. Ooh, Europe! I need to get back over there!

      All the best,

  2. Thanks for showing that we just have to keep coming back. Good luck with your writing :)

    1. Thank you Jemima. Yes! Just keep showing up, keep retiring. You only fail when you stop pressing forward.


  3. Welcome back! Sometimes, a hiatus is very good for the soul.

  4. Welcome home, Jen. We love you. Of course we'll follow you wherever you go.

  5. As long as you get up one more time than you fall down - no problem!

  6. Welcome back, Jen. Insecurities, you're right, they're part of life. Too bad. But maybe they help to make us humble. Have a great day.

  7. I think writers and the blogging community are pretty forgiving when it comes to breaks and hiatus. (it's when plagairism enters the picture where people are very not forgiving--I've witnessed some serious meltdowns). Welcome back!

    Here is my IWSG post. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Tricia: Thank you so much! This hiatus has been very productive and restful.

    Karen: THANK YOU!! SO glad to be back. You are all so very kind :)

    Anna: Great to see you!!

    Jan: Yes indeed!! As long as we keep moving forward we can't fail!

    Joylene: Thank you SO MUCH!! Yes, insecurities are a part of life but I believe they are a necessary part. They keep us humble, true, but they also require us to be part of a community.

    Stephsco: Thank you very much! I can understand being upset over plagiarism. That's just not cool! Thanks for visiting!

  9. Keep fighting that good fight, stumbles and all. I agree with what you wrote about those who don't understand and the fickleness of some followers. We write to be heard, sure, but for me at least, I write because I am compelled to, regardless of who "gets it" or who notices.

    Be strong, that's my motto.

  10. Welcome back, Jen. I think everybody understands when we need to take time off then come back.

    Best wishes,
    Diane IWSG #95

  11. Thanks for the beautiful post! I'm new to IWSG and just stopping in to say hello. Also new to blogging (gulp) so not sure where this comment will post from...anyways, nice to meet you!


  12. Wonderful! That's exactly what blogs are for. The comings and the goings.

    Thanks for sharing with the IWSG!

  13. Great post! I think letting go of fear of rejection is crucial! Knowing that what we write has a purpose, whether any one reads our words or not.

  14. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much!

  15. Welcome back Jen! Lovely to see you. Once met, never forgotten!

  16. Welcome back Jen! Thanks for braving rejection (as if) and posting this.


Well, hello! I'm so glad you made it. Come inside and sit by the hearth. I'll take your coat and hat. The kettle is singing and there's cake and candles and good conversation. Settle in and make yourself at home. Don't mind the wolfhounds; they're friendly if you give them a bit of lemon curd.